Pennsylvania Family History Societies(A-B)

This section lists the state-wide associations of Pennsylvania.  It then lists associations from Adams to Baltzer Meyer giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

Statewide and Regional Societies

County Societies

Statewide and Regional Societies

Pennsylvania Genealogical Society

The Society was established in 1892, and is one of the oldest Societies in the United States.

On-line databases can be accessed on their website, which include the Philadelphia Courts Naturalisations 1790-1880, History of County Formations 1673-1878, Atlas of Historical Co. Boundaries and Atlases and Maps from the 1850s-1870s.

Databases also incorporate Birth and Death Indexes - Births 1906-1907 and Deaths 1906-1961 and Marriages (FamilySearch) 1885-1950.  There is also a list of First Families on the site.

Their publication is the third oldest continuing genealogical publication in America.  Back Issues are available on a Members Only Access basis on their site.  Penn in Hand, their quarterly Newsletter, is published by the society, and Back Issues are again available to Members Only.


Pennsylvania Historical Society

The association has a large library, which is one of the biggest in the Nation.  Documents held incorporate:

  • Books and Pamphlets
  • Brochures
  • Certificates
  • Event Programs
  • Historical Documents
  • Manuscripts
  • Maps
  • Newspapers
  • Photographs
  • Posters
  • Serials and Newspapers
  • Trade Cards

Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society

Many archives can be accessed, including Genealogies, Vertical Files of Family Research, Church Histories, Cemetery Histories, Local Research and First Families.

For a fee, the association is also willing to conduct research on your behalf in the following Records and Databases, which incorporate WPA Home Surveys, Naturalisations, First Families, File Searches and they also conduct a Library Research Service. 

For further information, please peruse the Library and Research section of their site.

Some databases are also on the site, which incorporate Allegheny Co. Quarter Sessions 1852-1877 and Tables of Contents of their quarterly publication. 

Some databases are accessible to Members Only, which comprise:

  • Civil War Roll of Honour
  • First Family Ancestors
  • Grand Army of the Republic Members
  • List of Immigrants who applied for Naturalisation Papers in Allegheny Co. District Courts
  • Middlesex Township in Butler Co. Taxation Lists 1839 and 1855
  • Veterans Burials
  • WPGS Member Ancestor Charts

Many publications are available for sale, including:

  • Allegheny Co. Deaths 1893-1905
  • Allegheny Co. Legal, Court and Municipal Papers
  • Cemetery Directory
  • Deaths in the Bituminous Coal Districts 1888-1897
  • Marriage Returns from City of Pittsburgh 1870-1875
  • Marriages and Deaths from the Pittsburgh Dispatch 1858-1860
  • Marriages in Allegheny City 1877-1882
  • Pittsburgh 19th Century Voter Lists
  • Soldiers' Orphan Schools
  • Washington Co. Quarter Sessions Court Records 1781-1795

County Societies

Adams County Historical Society

The association has an extensive collection of archives.  These incorporate:

  • Adams Co. Church and Cemetery Files
  • Birth Register 1893-1905
  • Borough and Township Taxation Papers 1800-1960
  • Censuses
  • Constable's Returns 1808-1901
  • Deeds
  • Directories
  • Estate Papers which include Orphan's Court Documents 1800-1999
  • Family Files
  • Genealogies
  • Historic Maps

Archives also comprise:

  • Manuscript Collections
  • Marriage and Death Notices
  • Marriage Licence Applications 1885-1970
  • Marriage Returns
  • Military Records
  • Parish Register Transcripts
  • Photographs
  • Surveys
  • Tavern Licence Papers
  • Unrecorded Deeds
  • Warrants/Patents


Baltzer Meyer Historical Society

Many databases and indexes are accessible, which comprise Index of Genealogies held by the Paul Miller Ruff Library, Cemetery Listings and Obituaries.  For a fee, they are willing to provide a copy of the Obituary.


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